Boris Johnson’s WhatsApps ‘could bring down the government’

Delete… delete: if that IS what he’s doing with the material the Cabinet Office has apparently handed back to him, Boris Johnson probably has quite a lot to get through and still has quite a long way to go.

From Prime Minister to Prime Suspect – that’s Boris Johnson’s life!

After the Cabinet Office refused to provide every WhatsApp message and notebook Johnson made during the Covid-19 pandemic to the inquiry into the government’s handling of that crisis, it is being suggested that it is because they contain incriminating material that could bring down the UK’s Conservative government.

The government added fuel to this fire when the Cabinet Office said it doesn’t even have the material demanded by inquiry chairwoman Baroness Hallett – which suggests that it has been given back to Johnson himself so he can get busy deleting anything suspicious.

This latest scandal is another blow for current prime minister Rishi Sunak, whose protestations of “integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level” when he took office last October now stand in tatters.

Sunak is the one who claimed that the government has handed over “tens of thousands of documents”, as if that makes a difference:

He can say that, but we all know – dont we? – that it isn’t the number of documents being handed over that matters – it’s the information they contain.

Lord Falconer made this clear:

If all the material isn’t handed over by 4pm tomorrow (Thursday, June 1, 2023) then the government will have committed a criminal offence and may face court action. To prevent that, it may request a judicial review – but this would only be a delaying action:

Why would the government want to delay? Well, if it has given the material back to Boris Johnson, then…

If he has done it before, who’s to say he won’t do it again, given the opportunity?

The public demand for the information to be provided in full is growing. The words of former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, who nearly died of Covid-19, are particularly poignant:

And this long message from Dr Andrew Meyerson is a reminder of the wider context:

But let’s not forget Johnson’s side of it. Having seen diary material revealing further potential breaches of Covid-19 pandemic lockdown law, his government-appointed (and publicly-funded) legal team passed it on to the police – so Johnson fired the lawyers and hired a new crew costing four times as much, for whom he still wants us (and that includes you) to pay:

It seems the authorities are doing everything they can to make this inquiry as easy on Boris Johnson as it can possibly be.

Did you lose friends and/or family members to Covid-19? If so, how do you feel about all this? And who have you told?

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